The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) will begin an evaluation of 20 new sites of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program funded on September 30, 1999. Evaluators hired at each site will gather descriptive data on such measures as demographics, functional status, and participation in the Child Health Insurance Program of enrolled children and their families. These evaluators also will collect outcome data in such areas as social functioning, substance abuse, school performance, and juvenile justice involvement in a representative sample of children. External evaluators will visit the sites every 18 months to assess service implementation according to system of care program goals and philosophy. Local sites will receive technical assistance on how to create logic models to describe and self-monitor the development of their systems of care. The evaluation contractor will develop an Internet-based system to enter and monitor data collected at local sites to disseminate findings through Web-based technology. The evaluation contractor will also conduct a study on the effectiveness of specific services, treatments, or supports delivered within a selected system of care site.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/29/2003
AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Mental Health Services
FEDERAL CONTACT: Rolando L. Santiago, 301-443-3808
PIC ID: 7269.2
PERFORMER: Macro International, Inc., Calverton, MD